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Out and About

Wow, so much has been going on…movies, shows, and the Cafe des 2 Moulins.

First – movies!

The Limits of Control, Jim Jarmruch’s latest pic, is too long and dull. On the other hand, not to be missed: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee with an awesome cast, story, and script.

Also, a bit on the fringes but well worth the grittiness: Winnipeg, Mon Amour, a documentary by Guy Maddin. This movie is a bittersweet hommage and rather bleek critique of his hometown. I couldn’t help but see similarities to St. Louis and my own story. A guinine, sometimes gruelling and stark oddessy. An original masterpiece.

Shows! Friday we went to l’International in the 11th, a great little venue with free shows, to see Flairs and Mungo Park. The first band was lots of fun, while the main group was a bit disappointing, mainly due to a total blackout that occurred in the middle of the 3rd song which took some 10 minutes to sort out. The atmosphere was completely shot at which point we lost interest and left.

Met friends for a drink at this fab little cafe on the Rue Lepic in the 18th. This is where Amelie worked in the film Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amelie Poulin. At 19h, happy hour starts and even on Sunday, the lights & the music turn funky. This is a popular spot with tourists, thanks to the film’s international success, but also appreciated by locals.

Finally… interactive theatre! Slava’s Snowshow at the Montfort theatre in the 14th was an experience. Clowns, giant spider webs, snowflakes, and best of all, we got to throw giant colorful balls around at the end of the show.

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